Czech hospitals brace for drop in funds in 2010

Czech hospitals say they are bracing themselves for an expected drop in funds from insurance companies next year, stressing they will try to maintain current overall salaries and save through better organisation. Facilities, representatives suggested, will try to secure better deals on medicines and new technology and will try and avoid pay cuts or redundancies. The government plans to lower fixed wages, set according to classification tables, by 10 percent next year as part of planned austerity measures. But the workers’ unions have charged that health care employees will suffer a more significant drop in salaries, in some cases as high as 40 percent, when hospitals slash bonuses. The head of the Kralovské Vinohrady hospital, Marek Zeman, for example, has made clear employees will only receive higher bonuses based on overall performance and efficiency.

Author: Jan Velinger